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Mary Delahunty

Mary Delahunty is a former journalist and politician who has just released her memoir, Public Life, Private Grief.

An award-winning journalist and ABC TV presenter, Mary Delahunty served more than 7 years as a Victorian Government Minister in senior portfolios. Delahunty served as Minister for Education, Minster for Planning, Minister for the Arts, Minister for Women’s Affairs and Minister Responsible for the Commonwealth Games Cultural Program 2006.

Before entering parliament, Delahunty established a prominent career in TV news, current affairs and the arts, and reported nationally and internationally for ABC and commercial TV. She is best known for her work with the 7:30 Report and Four Corners (for which she received a Gold Walkley). Mary also hosted the ABC’s national arts program Sunday Afternoon and was Asia correspondent for the ABC.

Before entering politics in 1998, Mary was managing director of a media consultancy company and now continues in business as a Government and Media Relations consultant, most recently with the Superannuation sector, assisting breast cancer research.

Mary is also a Director of several not-for-profit boards, including Orchestra Australia, the Harold Mitchell Foundation, Elisabeth Murdoch Sculpture Foundation, Melbourne Recital Centre, and the Centre for Advanced Journalism, Melbourne University. She has also established a Rosebank Residential Writers’ Retreat at her farm in regional Victoria, in partnership with the Victoria Writers’ Centre.




Two Sides of the Story: Creative Journos

Mary Delahunty and Jane Sullivan discuss their transitions and tensions between journalism and creative storytelling.


Imagine a World Without Memory

Nam Le, Mary Delahunty, Joy Damousi and Sue Pascoe reflect on various forms of memory in this discussion led by Micha...

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